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Efficiency - 18 February 2010

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A round up of key recent events in efficiency

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.

TOP FOUR STORIES

London services ‘could slash costs by £11bn’

The capital’s public services bill could be slashed by £11bn by devolving services from central government and quangos, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers for London Councils. It says that re-configuring services could cut “almost 15% off the £73.6bn” spent in the capital. (LGCplus report)

Commission warns about partnership workload

A shared services deal between Adur DC and Worthing BC might have overstretched senior officers, an Audit Commission report has warned. It said that the partnership has achieved recurrent annual savings of £913,000, but might not be sustainable. (LGCplus report)

Buckinghamshire Pathfinder collapses

Buckinghamshire’s shared-services pathfinder project has been abandoned by Buckinghamshire CC and South Buckinghamshire DC following the decision by Wycombe DC to withdraw. The project was to deliver £80m worth of savings. (LGCplus report)

Avoid complacency on cuts, states Denham

The public will not accept cuts to frontline services as an alternative to taking tough choices to become more efficient, communities secretary John Denham said at the New Local Government Network’s annual conference. But he said efficiency was “not the same as crude cost cutting”. (LGCplus report)

EFFICIENCY ROUND-UP

Research

Fraud warning over back office savings (LGCplus report)

RIEPs forecast £900m savings (LGCplus report)

Policy

IT staff told to seek efficiency drive (LGCplus report)

Brum transformation programme still delayed (LGCplus report)

Nottinghamshire floats super-centre plan (LGCplus report)

Events

Delivering Efficiencies in Adult Services, LGC/HSJ Conferences, 25 February, London.

National Improvement and Efficiency conference, LGC Conferences, 25 March, London.

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